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Encephalartos aemulans

Encephalartos aemulansEncephalartos aemulans is an extremely rare South African cycad whose habitat is limited to a single mountain in the KwaZulu Natal Province. Its name derives from the Latin meaning "equaling," because its pollen cones and seed cones look similar.

Encephalartos aemulans grows to 10 feet tall, with trunks up to 1 feet in diameter -- with suckers growing from its from base. Mature leaves are dark green, glossy, and grow to 6 feet long. Encephalartos aemulans thrives in subtropical and warm temperate regions, and tolerate light frosts. It makes a great conservatory or garden specimen.

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Encephalartos aemulans